According to the United Nations, 74 million acres of farmland in the developing world were acquired by foreign governments and investors over the first half of 2009 -- an amount equal to half of Europe's farmland. These land deals, argue Michael Kugelman and Susan L. Levenstein in a January 20 World Politics Review op-ed, leave immense carbon footprints and threaten widespread environmental destruction.

Click here to read the op-ed , and click here to access the Asia Program's new publication, Land Grab? The Race for the World's Farmland.